LAFAYETTE -- The postseason is still weeks away but no one could tell inside Centaurus High School.

With a win a must and points at a premium, the Warrior girls were determined to remain in the hunt for one of the top two spots in the 4A Northern League. So with revenge on their mind, they got defensive against Thompson Valley on Friday.

The Warriors held the Eagles to nine points through 20 minutes and then broke open a tight game with an offensive outburst in the final 12 minutes. Centaurus led the whole way and beat Thompson Valley 40-29.

It was the Warriors' fourth straight win and sixth in their last seven games.

"This was a big deal because we were in the running for second in the league and this will help us get a home seed for playoffs," said senior Anna Hubbell, who had a game-high nine points.

The victory moved Centaurus (14-5, 8-2) into a tie for second with the Eagles, two games behind unbeaten Broomfield. Both teams have four games left -- including a game each against the league leader -- and a lot to play for.

"Thompson Valley is always a rough team and a good team," senior Shanlie Anderson said. "We respect them and we know we have to fight hard to win."

Fight might be the right description after the tight defensive battle turned physical in the second half. Thompson Valley's Taylor Moran and Cassie Baalke were called for intentional fouls and Anderson was hit with a technical in the fourth when her arm hit Moran in the head while she was being tightly guarded.

"I was just trying to rip the ball through but it might have seemed like I threw my shoulders," Anderson said. "I didn't mean to hurt her. I was just trying to clear some space."

By then the Warriors had assumed control of the game. After both teams had a hard time scoring things opened up in the third. Leading 17-9, Centaurus scored nine points in the final 3:30 of the period to take an 11-point lead.

The lead grew to 15 early in the fourth when Danelle Dondelinger stole the ball near midcourt and fed Hubbell for a breakaway layup.

That made it 30-15 and essentially ended any hope for Thompson Valley.

"I told the girls to focus on their defense," Warriors coach Jeff Jackson said. "We're a great defensive team and when we lose sight of that even for a little bit teams in the Northern League are going to make us pay."

Now the race for second will come down to the last few because the Warriors avenged a loss at Thompson Valley last month. That, and a higher seed in the playoffs, motivated them Friday.

"We needed to make the wrong right," Anderson said.

Centaurus 40, Thompson Valley 29

THOMPSON VALLEY (29)

Baalke 2 0-0 6, Schoonover 2 1-3 6, Moran 2 2-4 6, Chase 1 3-4 5, Dickens 1 2-2 4, Briggs 1 0-0 2. Totals 9 8-13 29

CENTAURUS (40)

Hubbell 4 0-2 9, Anderson 3 1-2 7, Puckett 3 0-0 7, Esler 2 2-2 6, Manfredini 2 1-2 5, Patterson 1 0-2 2, Langer 1 0-0 2, Dondelinger 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 4-10 40.

Score by quarters:

Thompson Valley 3 6 6 14 -- 29

Centaurus 12 5 9 14 -- 40

3-point field goals -- Thompson Valley (3): Baalke 2, Schoonover; Centaurus (2): Hubbell, Puckett. Total fouls -- Thompson Valley 16, Centaurus 12. Fouled out -- Moran, Patterson. Technical fouls -- Anderson.